Daniel Vince

Social Media Associate

How Smart Homes Can Save Energy (& Money)

Imagine for a moment that you buy a toaster (we know you probably already own a toaster but indulge us for a second). So you buy a toaster, but it turns out that toaster takes three hours to brown your bread.

We’re guessing you wouldn’t be very happy with your purchase? 

Toasters are supposed to be efficient, fast and convenient. They make your life easier, saving you time and money.

Just the same as smart technology for the home.

Today there’s (seemingly) no end of smart gadgets you can buy for your home. From LED light bulbs to technology that lets you control your heating, lights and appliances from your phone, and even smart fridges.

We get the scepticism, we really do. After all, we’ve got a long way without this smart technology in our lives before now. But then again, the same could be said about the Internet, washing machines, boilers, ovens, televisions….

Need we go on?

Smart Isn’t Scary

The fact is all new technology is a little scary when it first comes along. Humans are inherently change resistant (yup, we’re a stubborn bunch). But at Igloo we’re big believers in tech that improves lives (and ultimately cuts energy costs). And we’ve seen first hand just how smart technology is doing this in our customer’s homes up and down the UK.

So for those of you not yet on the smart technology train, we want to take this opportunity to explain a little more about how these clever gadgets for the home actually work. And (genuinely) save you money on your energy bills.

What is a ‘Smart Home’?

A smart home is one that uses a number of devises to automate things that would usually be done by the homeowner. This can include something as simple as an Alexa speaker, to larger appliances like a fridge.

How “smart” you want your home to be is entirely down to you. But the one great thing that smart technology offers is that it can make your home more efficient and economic. With very little, or no intervention from you.

Here’s just a couple of ways you can be smarter today…

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats (like the Tado one we champion here at Igloo) are a great way to reduce your energy costs. They replace any existing thermostat you have in the home – and installing one is easy (honest).

Tado (and other smart thermostats) allow you to control your heating from an app on your phone or tablet device. Even when you’re out of the house or the country. Brilliant if you forget to switch your heating off before heading on holiday.

In fact, Igloo customers who install a Tado save up to 31% on their heating bills each year. That’s nearly a third! So smart thermostats really are a proven way to cut costs and heat your home more efficiently.

You can get your hands on a Tado here.

LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs are fast becoming one of the most widely adopted home technologies in the UK. And it’s easy to see why. Not only is it simple to switch from a conventional light bulb to an LED one, but doing so can actually save you up to 80% on the cost of lighting your home. 80%!

The average smart light bulb lasts for 15,000 hours. So not only will you save money, you won’t have to switch light bulbs as regularly either. All while maintaining the same quality light source as traditional light bulbs provide.

What’s more, you can combine LED bulbs with other smart devices that allow you to control your home’s lighting remotely. Enabling you to see if any lights have been left on at home – and actually switch them off too.

LED light bulbs on the market today vary hugely in price and economy. A great example of LED bulbs integrated with smart technology are the Philips E27. 

Smart Home Tech: The Future

So, how much smarter can things get?

Well, that’s the million pound question. But if we had to hazard a guess we’d say pretty smart. In fact, if today’s smart technology has an above average I.Q, we’d expect future tech to be Mensa clever. And that (for us at least) is a very exciting prospect.

It’s always been our goal here at Igloo to help UK homes run more efficiently and cost effectively, and that is still very much the case. 

We currently offer the Tado thermostat to our Igloo Pioneer customers, and later on this year we’ll be adding the latest generation of smart meter during our smart meter roll out, which will be at no extra charge. 

For now you can download our Igloo app for free from the App Store and Google Play. Which helps you control your energy account from your phone, log in using your thumb and send us meter readings direct from your camera. 

Pretty smart huh?